West Stokes senior Eli Boles signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Tusculum College alongside his parents, coaches, and school administration.
“I love the challenge of playing baseball. It’s the greatest sport ever,” Boles said.
The all-conference athlete will join the Pioneers DII program in Greeneville, Tennessee. Led by coach Doug Jones, Tusculum recently finished their season with its 14th consecutive 30-win campaign and 16th straight winning record.
“I really like the coaches there. The campus and facilities are nice and it made me feel at home,” Boles said.
Reflecting back over his last four years in the Wildcats program the athlete hoped he set a good example of how to be a program player.
“I worked hard to get better at the game and tried to put my team before myself. We came together and fought for each other,” he said. “Goodson and Lickfeld were a big key part of helping me out.”
Moving forward, Boles said he’ll miss playing with the same core group of athletes who’ve rallied around each other, win or lose, since elementary school.
“A lot of us have been playing together since we were five years old. This community really supports baseball and the players,” he said.
Wildcats coach Kirk Goodson said Boles has gotten stronger physically during his time at West Stokes.
“Working with Randall Allred and gaining that strength helped with his confidence on the field. I wish the best to Eli as he works towards his goal of playing college baseball but more important receiving a degree.”
Boles has put time in year-round refining his skills as a pitcher and at the plate.
That drive paid off in a home game against North Surry this season when he hit two homeruns and kept his composure on the mound.
“He’s been very dedicated to school and to baseball,” said his mother, Angie.
Boles father added, “We hope he just continues to put in hard work and play the game the right way. I’ve always told him that no matter what happens as far as baseball, you can always be a good teammate.”
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